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  • Loebsack, Biofuels Caucus Request Direct Aid for Renewable Fuel Producers
    Posted in Press Release on August 7, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development

    Today, Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Rodney Davis (R-IL), co-chairs of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, led a letter with 32 members of Congress to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, to request additional resources for the biofuels sector in the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation. “Biofuels production is a maj... Read more

  • Loebsack Applauds House Passage of Funding for Rural Broadband Expansion
    Posted in Press Release on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the House passage of $1.025 billion to expand broadband access in rural communities. These funds were contained in an Appropriations “mini-bus” that included funding for various federal agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program. Loebsack has long fought to secure funding to increase access to highspeed broadband for those living and working in unserved areas. “The need for highspeed broadband access ... Read more

  • Loebsack: Water Infrastructure Bill Creates Jobs and Invests in Our Economy
    Posted in Press Release on July 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House of Representatives introduced the bipartisan “Water Resources Development Act of 2020” (WRDA). This legislation authorizes the Corps of Engineers funding for improvements to ports, waterways and projects tied to flood protection, drinking water, dams and levees and environmental restoration. The legislation also includes Loebsack’s priorities to direct the Corps of Engineers to analyze the affordability of future mu... Read more

  • Iowa Congressional Democrats Urge USDA to Not Leave Biofuel Industry Out of Coronavirus Relief
    Posted in Press Release on April 20, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Today, Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), released the following statement on the lack of support for the biofuel industry in the United States Department of Agriculture’s recently-announced assistance program for farmers and producers affected by coronavirus. “It is severely disappointing that the USDA is leaving biofuels behind in the recently announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Biofuel plants are critical parts of our rural commun... Read more

  • E&C Leaders Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Broadband Mapping Bill
    Posted in Press Release on March 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Committee members Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives today passed S. 1822, by unanimous consent: “Today, the House once again passed legislation to fix our nation’s faulty broadband maps. This bill is the result of an agreement with the Senate to merge multiple bills i... Read more

  • VIDEO: Loebsack Pushes EPA Administrator to Accept Court Ruling on SREs
    Posted in Press Release on February 27, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the recent 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found the EPA exceeded its authority in issuing small refinery exemptions (SRE) to companies who had not received waivers in the prior year. The Court concluded that the EPA may only “extend” existing exemptions and cannot grant a new waiver to a company that had not consistently held one. During the House Energy and Commerce Env... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the EPA’s Final RFS Rule
    Posted in Press Release on December 19, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack, co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule for 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements. The final rule does nothing to address the misuse of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) and reneges on the President’s promise made to Iowa farmers in September to account for SREs using actual waived gallons, not DOE recommendations. “The final RFS rule set forth by the... Read more

  • Iowa Reps Call on Administration to Uphold Integrity of RFS
    Posted in Press Release on December 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), and Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent a letter to Russell Vought, the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as well as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and President Trump, about the EPA’s October supplemental proposed rule regarding the reallocation of Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). On Friday, December 6, 2019 th... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
    Posted in Press Release on December 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after a deal was reached on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “I am pleased that the negotiators have come to an agreement on a new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Throughout this process, I have fought the offshoring of Iowa jobs and have been closely monitoring the negotiations to ensure Iowa’s workers, farmers and manufacturing companies are protected. In the end, this agreement contains... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the EPA’s Supplemental SRE Rule
    Posted in Press Release on October 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new supplemental proposed rule to account for gallons waived through Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) in the nation’s biofuel mandate. “It is outrageous that not even two weeks after the President and the EPA announced a ‘deal’ to offset the excessive number of SREs they granted to big, profitable oil companies, they fall back on their word. This proposed rule provides no ... Read more

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